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Smoking Aces

August 14, 2011

Ace Race participants all received a Pro-D and an ESP version of this year's prototype mold and large, full-color mini. Players this year also received a Discraft Weekender bag, which holds six to eight discs. Other swag in this year's player package included a discraft sticker and pencil.

So I didn’t score any aces yesterday morning, but I was one of the few people to hit metal. I only accomplished this on the second shot of hole 4. I completely thought it was in, but then it bounced off the top rim of the basket. I can’t be mad about it though. It was my best shot all morning.

For tournament direct Craig Lewis and some of the other Nacogdoches Crushers, the day started before any of the players got to the Pioneer Park. For the rest of us, the day began at 9 am when we all lined up to receive our player’s packages once everyone had signed in and paid the entry fees. Small side pots were being made as well for both aces and metals, which is just hitting the basket or the pole. The group then split into two cards and mine set out to the first flag on hole two.

The basic format was two shots per hole at pre-marked flags, with distances ranging from 100 to 150 feet on average. The first flag on hole 18 was just over 200 feet, but that was the only long bomber.

We rotated the leader on every throw with the previous leader spotting for the rest of the group. Once the first player threw, he would come relieve the spotter so they could throw.

Truth be told, my game goes to shit between the hours of 9:30 am and 5-6 pm. It just too hot here in the summertime. Also, I usually don’t pull my putter out of the bag until I’m well inside the circle. 125 feet is well outside my confidence ring, and at that distance I’d normally throw one of my Rocs.

As for this year’s prototype disc, it’s a putter … a big one, but still a putter.

Discraft claims that at 22.06 cm, this is the widest disc they’ve ever made, and that it’s basically a shorter, slower Comet. They also claim that the disc is “obedient to it’s master, and goes where you throw it.” I’d have to agree. There’s a lot of problems with my swing that end up getting masked by the drivers I use, but every time I’ve played a putter round, those flaws are laid our for me and everyone else on the course to see. This putter was no exception to that rule.

There was a lot of discussion during the round about the prototype. Hands down, it should stay in your bag in a headwind, but it’s got tons of glide for when the wind is calm. I might use it on short drives, but my Rocs are in no danger of being pulled out of my bag anytime soon. My Wizard is safe as well.

My ESP version of the disc was 180 grams, which is the weight of all my mids, as well as the putter I’ve been using for a couple of months, but this proto-disc never dialed in for me. It ended up right every time. Even if I put some hyzer on it, it would flip right up and glide off to the right. My Pro-D version was 175 and seemed to be more stable … until I needed to throw a stable shot. The flaws in my swing were only amplified as the heat slowly caught up with me. I was throwing pretty bad the last few holes.

It was around noon by the time my card got to hole 1, and I was pretty tired. We’d all taken 34 shots at that point, not including all the throws in between holes, and I did go running that morning before the tournament. We all gave each other a little “good game” dap and then made our last run at the chains.

All in all I’d say my first organized disc golf experience was a good one. The local club did a good job hosting the event. I met some new folks and got some free stuff, so it was a good day all around. Not sure if I’ll soon become a regular at the club’s weekly minis, but I’m not opposed to playing a few rounds.

The Discraft Ace Race is still going on all the way through October, so check the calendar to see when it’s happening in your area. For a fun day, some free swag and some good golf, I’d recommend signing up.


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